The Acting Head of the Laboratory Services at the Food and Drugs Board (FDB), Mr. Eric Karikari Boateng, has taken a swipe at some newspaper publications that the FDB has “banned” some 22 drugs.
According to him the drugs have not been banned as being speculated, but instead manufacturers have been asked to recall the products.
“The products have not been banned, they have been recalled, the press release was clear. It is a product recall not a ban, that is, the marketing authorization of the product has not been redrawn,” he stressed.
The 6th Edition of the Ghana Standard Treatment Guidelines (STG) and Essential Medicines List (EML) of Ghana was launched at a colourful and impressive ceremony at the College of Physicians and Surgeons Conference Centre in Accra.
Mr Rojo Mettle Nunoo, Deputy Minister of Health, on Wednesday asked pharmacists to reposition their professional practice to meet the substantial demand for medical care, posed by the coverage of the National Health Insurance Scheme.
“Your untapped professional skills in the face of the unmet expectations of the client constitute the platform for refocusing on a new business model for pharmacy practice in Ghana,” he said. Mr. Mettle-Nunoo made the request in a speech read on his behalf at the 2010 launch of Continuing Education Training for pharmacists, organised by the Pharmaceutical Society of Ghana (PSGH) in conjunction with the Pharmacy Council (PC) Accra.
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